Governor William Livingston

Governor William Livingston

Male 1723 - 1790  (66 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 61 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name William Livingston 
    Prefix Governor 
    Born 30 Nov 1723  Albany, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Jul 1790  Liberty Hall, Elizabethtown, New Jersey. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I326424  Geneagraphie
    Links To This person is also William Livingston at Wikipedia 
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2002 

    Father Phillip Livingston,   b. 9 Jul 1686, Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1749, New York City, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Catherine van Brugh,   b. 10 Nov 1689, Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1756  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 19 Sep 1707  Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 8 siblings 
    Family ID F128923  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susannah French,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1745 
    Children 
     1. Susannah Livingston,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. Sarah van Brugh Livingston,   b. 1756,   d. 1802  (Age 46 years)
    +3. Henry Brockholst Livingston,   b. 25 Nov 1757,   d. 18 Mar 1823  (Age 65 years)
     4. Catherine Livingston,   b. 1751,   d. 1813  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2002 
    Family ID F143903  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Governor of New Jersey

      youngest son
      One of New York's leading lawyers and a member of the First and Second Continental Congresses. He fought actively in the American Revolution and was elected the first governor of New Jersey in 1776, an office he held for life. William Livingston married Susannah French and they had 13 children.

      He was graduated from Yale college, A.B., 1741, A.M., 1744; studied law in the office of James Alexander, 1741-1746, and was admitted to the bar, 14 October 1748. In 1745 he married Susanhah French, a daughter of Philip French, of New Brunswick, and granddaughter of Major Anthony Brockhalls, formerly governor of New York. He established the Independent Reflector in New York in 1752. He was a commissioner in 1754 to adjust the boundary line between New York and Massachusetts, and subsequently between New York and New Jersey. With the assistance of his brother, Philip Livingston, his brother-in-law, William Alexander, and a few others, he established the New York Society library in 1754. He was a member of the provincial assembly from Livingston manor, 1759-1761. He published articles in the Weekly Post Boy denouncing the stamp act. In 1780 he purchased a farm at Elizabethtown, New Jersey, to which he removed in 1772. On 11 June 1774, he was appointed to represent Essex county in a committee of correspondence to select delegates for election to the first Continental Congress, 23 July 1774. He was a delegate from New Jersey to the Continental Congress, 1774-1776, and served on many important committees. He was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the New Jersey militia with the rank of Brigadier-General in June, I776; was Governor of New Jersey, 1776-1790, and was nominated in January, 1785, one of the commissioners to superintend the construction of the Federal buildings, but declined the honor as he did that of United States Minister Plenipotentiary to the Hague, 23 June 1785, owing to his advanced age. It was largely through his efforts that the legislature of New Jersey passed the act forbidding the importation of slaves, 2 March 1786. In 1787 he was a delegate to the Philadelphia convention that framed the U.S. Constitution, and he signed the instrument 17 September 1787. He was a member of the American Philosophical society, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The honorary degree of LL.D. was conferred on him by Yale college in 1788. He published, in conjunction with William Smith, Jr., A Digest of the Laws of New York, 1691-1792 (2 vols., 1752-62.) He is the author of: Philosophic Solitude, or the Choice of a Rural Life (1747); A Review of the Military Operations in North America (1757); Observations on Government (1787).

      The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume VI. 460.

      Fortune : 100,000 $ 1775
      Activity : Lawyer
      Other activities: Real Estate
      Associated properties: 30'000 acres land holdings


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